Outstanding young Hampshire citizens recognised
Monday, 25 March 2013
A number of outstanding young Hampshire citizens have been recognised at a ceremony to mark their exceptional efforts in helping to make a positive difference in their local community.
The 'Hampshire Making a Difference Award' was presented by the Chairman of Hampshire County Council, Councillor Andrew Joy, rewarding young people aged between five and 18 from across Hampshire who, by being active, good citizens, have done something exceptional to help others.
A special presentation was held on 22 March and a total of 51 young people from Romsey, Chandler's Ford, Southampton, Winchester, Gosport and Farnborough (13 individuals and 38 young people from four groups) were commended for their work and awarded a certificate and letter of congratulations from the County Council Chairman.
These award-winning efforts to make a positive difference in their community have included; providing care, help and support to disabled family members, volunteering at a project to support young people with disabilities and special needs, volunteering at a local Beavers group, and providing volunteer coaching to local gymnastics clubs. Other examples are fundraising for various charities and for those with special needs, refurbishing a local community centre in North West Fareham, developing and safeguarding youth provision for the local community, representing the voice of young people in the New Forest and changing the perception of young people in the community in Fareham and Gosport.
Councillor Joy said: "We received dozens of nominations for these Awards which goes to show the immense amount of good work being done in Hampshire by some wonderful young people, who are making a really positive difference in their local communities.
"This work can so often go unnoticed and certainly unrecorded, so these Awards are a real opportunity to recognise their contributions and say thank you for their acts of exceptional active citizenship. Congratulations to all the young winners and I would like to thank them on behalf of Hampshire County Council for setting such a fine example and for helping to make our county an even better place to live."